Hazad

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Hazad Longbeard
Folk of Agar
Biographical Information
Other namesBlear-eyed carl (by Mogru), Hazad uBuldar (by Mogru), Tal-argan Longbeard
LocationAgar
AffiliationFolk of Agar
LanguagePre-Númenórean language
BirthSecond Age
Agar
DeathSecond Age
Family
ParentageBuldar and Elmar
ChildrenSixteen unnamed sons[1], Tal-Elmar
Physical Description
GenderMale
HeightShort
Hair colorLong-bearded

Hazad Longbeard was a Man of Agar who was the son of Buldar and Elmar during the Second Age.[note 1]

History[edit | edit source]

Hazad was described in his youth as being "broad, swarthy, short, though, harsh-tongued, heavy-handed, and quick to violence." [2] Hazad’s sons are said to resemble him in his youth.

Though he found pride in the number of his descendants, his greatest joy was his beard, long over five feet and, unlike his sons, soft, “ruly to his hand,” and close to him all the time.

Hazad married late, due to the admiration he had for his late mother, Elmar. He fathered many children, including Tal-Elmar, who was his seventeenth child.

Along with his youngest son, he delivered the ill message to Mogru of Númenórean ships approaching the Hills of Agar.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Some analysts have noticed the similarity of Hazad with Dwarvish Khazâd, "Dwarves", and Adûnaic hazad, "seven". The name would then either mean "Dwarf (bearded, smaller one)" or "Seventh child", however, this remains speculation.[3]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

Buldar
fl. S.A.
 
Elmar
fl. S.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown husband
fl. S.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown children
 
HAZAD LONGBEARD
fl. S.A.
 
Unknown wife
fl. S.A.
 
Unknown children
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sixteen sons
 
Tal-Elmar
fl. S.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

Hazad Longbeard originally had the name of Tal-argan Longbeard. In a penciled note J.R.R. Tolkien proposed that Buldar should be left out of the tale and Elmar be Hazad's wife.[4]

Notes

  1. The exact timeframe of Hazad's and Tal-Elmar's life is not given, but since the Númenóreans are seen as hostiles in the story, it's possible that it refers to a time after the Shadow fell over the Island, when they started to dominate the natives of Middle-earth; this points to a date around S.A. 1800. See J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Second Age"

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